Being in shape was not their strong suit. These wrestlers used (or still use) their smarts, personality and just plain bulk to get their way in the ring.
Let's just be honest about this—these wrestlers were or are FAT. They never shied away from the dinner table and staying in shape may not have been their strong suit. Heck, some of them, well most of them, used the weight and and size as part of their gimmick and success.
These are the fattest wrestlers to ever get in the ring.
And in most cases, their size and lack of fitness brought them great pride and success.
The son of a plumber and one of most beloved wrestlers in professional wrestling history was not the most in shape of athletes.
Dusty Rhodes (at 302 pounds and many times larger) was the one wrestler who could communicate with the common man because of his far-reaching effect with his dialect and his love for the wrestling fan.
Whether it was his "Hard Times" promo or the "White Man Rap" he used on interview after interview, he could work a crowd and a wrestling arena like Wayne Newton in Vegas.
At over 300 pounds and out of shape, Rhodes made it work in and out of the ring.
At 5'6" and 260 pounds, Bertha Faye was one of the bigger women's wrestlers to ever get in the ring.
And when she was in the ring, she caused all kinds of havoc for her opponents.
Faye was brought to the WWF as the girlfriend of Harvey Whippleman and was packaged as a female wrestler who lived in the trailer park and was a comedic character in the company.
She was also a one-time WWF Women's Champion. Because she was so powerful and could pull off moves like the male wrestlers, she was asked to scale back her abilities.
She eventually left the WWF and left the wrestling business completely before passing away at 40 years old of a heart attack.
Fred Ottman used his size to his advantage in the wrestling ring. Whether it was the "Tugboat" or "Typhoon" persona, his size was always part of his gimmick.
In the WWF, he and Earthquake (with Jimmy Hart as their manager) claimed the WWF Tag Team Titles as the team the "Natural Disasters."
At 6'3" and 384 pounds, Ottman was as much size as he was strength.
Standing 6'3" and 401 pounds, Bastion Booger may be the oddest WWE character of all time.
The character was designed to be one where Mike Shaw (Booger's real name) would come to the ring looking like someone unkempt, slovenly and gluttonous man who would wrestle in a "scary-looking" singlet while looking more like a hunchback than anything else.
He was a high-profile jobber in the WWE.
His biggest claim to fame in the WWE is a win over Owen Hart and then and then a feud with Bam Bam Bigelo when Booger (it's hard to say that with a straight face) fell smitten for Bigelo's valet, Luna Vachon.
Truly an odd character.
He was one of the few wrestlers who never spoke in the ring and wore body paint on his massive stomach and slapped his belly like it was part of a tribal war chant.
The 6'7", 380-pound "Ugandan Warrior" wrestled in five decades and had several runs with the WWF before he left the promotion.
Kamala or James Harris (his real name), first began with the Federation in 1984. He was a heel, flanked by Skandor Akbar and "Classy" Freddie Blassie.
Kamala competed in a series of matches against Andre the Giant, including a high-profile steel cage match, which he lost after Andre twice sat on his chest.
Kamala's character was perfect for Vince McMahon's circus of stars in the 1980s.
Huge, I tell you. Over 600-pounds huge.
William Calhoun was one of the true "giants" of the wrestling business. A "golden age" wrestler of the 50's and 60's who came to the ring in a white T-shirt, blue overalls, and horseshoe necklace.
He was never a challenger for a world title, but the "mountain man" had several key feuds with the likes of Happy Humphrey, who outweighed Calhoun by about 150 pounds.
He had many monikers in the WWF, but Viscera was one bad man.
Actually, Nelson Frazier, Jr. appeared in the Federation as Mabel, Viscera, Big Daddy V, and King V as well.
The mammoth 6'9" and nearly 500-pounder was as evil looking as any character in the WWE/WWF.
One of his most memorable feuds was with Mark Henry, who is also on this list.
Jerry Blackwell, the 5'9" 474 man who made a career in the AWA as both a face and heel.
Blackwell started his career in the WWF, having high-profile feuds and victories over the likes of Larry Zbyszko, Dominic DeNucci and S.D. Jones.
Blackwell was not able to gain victories over Andre the Giant and WWF Champion Bob Backlund during his tenure with the organization.
In the AWA, Blackwell established himself as a main event wrestler, feuding with Mad Dog Vachon, Hulk Hogan, and "The Crusher" Reginald Lisowski.
I really do not think this choice needs any explanation.
He was huge, scary and scarred beyond repair. That was pure Abby. And no other wrestler meant blood, plain and destruction.
Abby was just Abby.
His feuds with Carlos Colon, Bruiser Brody and The Sheik are legendary in Puerto Rico and in the states, wrestlers feared the man who came to the ring at 6' and 360 pounds, sporting forks and objects that would inflict copious amounts of pain.
Almost 600 pounds. Rodney Anoaʻi wrestled in the WWF as Yokozuna, the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling in Japan.
Although the "Yokozuna" character was portrayed as a champion sumo wrestler, Anoaʻi had never competed as an actual sumo wrestler.
Anoaʻi was a two-time WWF Champion and two-time Tag Team Champion (with Owen Hart), as well as the winner of the 1993 Royal Rumble.
Yokozuna was also the first wrestler of Samoan descent to hold the WWF Championship as well as the first Royal Rumble winner who as a result of a direct stipulation received a world title shot at WrestleMania.
Martin Ruane has wrestled across the globe in places such as Great Britain, the United States, Canada, India, and Rhodesia.
Over four decades, he became a global success, having wrestled for Stu Hart in Canada and also appeared in the 1990s in WCW as part of the Dungeon of Doom that feuded with Hulk Hogan.
At the height of his popularity, Haystacks weighed 600 pounds and was almost seven feet tall.
As a teen, I loved the Chris Pallies character in both Georgia Championship Wrestling and the WWF.
While he was 485 pounds and could move with ease for a big man, King Kong Bundy was a heel that wrestled Hulk Hogan for the WWF Title at WrestleMania II.
Bundy was famous for his request that the referee count to five when he pinned an opponent.
Bundy got his start in wrestling in Fritz Von Erich's World Class Championship Wrestling promotion.
Any time a guy has flaming tattoos on his skull, you stand up and take notice.
Scott Bigelo was a star in the WWF, WCW and ECW.
At 400 pounds, the heel wrestler feuded with Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania. Upon leaving the WWF Bigelo traveled to other promotions, becoming more of a hardcore wrestler in WCW and ECW.
Candy was a larger than life wrestler who was part of the Zambuie Express with Leroy Brown (with Elijah Akeem).
Candy also once competed in the Crockett Cup.
Candy competed in Jim Crockett Promotions as well as other NWA affiliates before he moved on to the WWF.
At 340 pounds and sometimes more, he was a thick and dominant presence. After his wrestling days, he turned to training where he is responsible for the success of New Jack.
It's Vader Time! Leon White left professional football and became a success in the squared circle.
His size 6'5" and 450 pounds said it all. And he could move around like a 250-pounder in the ring. Vader had success in New Japan Pro Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation and All Japan Pro Wrestling in the 1990s.
Vader is also an eight time world champion (three times in World Championship Wrestling, three times in New Japan Pro Wrestling and two times in All Japan Pro Wrestling).
With an ass he used as a weapon and a dance style that made everyone get up and bust a move, Rikishi was one of the great big men and faces of the WWE.
He is also the father of Jimmy and Jey Uso.
He was 425 pounds, Rikishi was a one time Intercontinental Champion, two time World Tag Team Champion, and one time WWE Tag Team Champion.
He was also a member of the trio Too Cool with Scotty 2 Hotty and Grand Master Sexay.
The king of being big. There was nothing that was small about Andre the Giant.
Billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World and the most loved wrestler of all time (even when he was a heel). He stood 7'4" and 500 pounds. He feuded with the likes of Big John Studd and The Mongolian Stomper.
According to www.Andrethegiant.com, "Andre's fame also opened the door to Hollywood. He made his acting debut in 1975 as "Big Foot" in The Six Million Dollar Man."
The site also stated, "Andre enjoyed the experience and went on to appear in television shows including B.J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy and The Greatest American Hero, and movies such as Conan the Destroyer, Micki and Maude, and Trading Mom."
The site also reported that his favorite role, and the one for which he is best remembered, was the lovable giant "Fezzik" in Rob Reiner's classic The Princess Bride.
William Joseph Cobb weighed 750 pounds. The most imposing figure in wrestling history.
For about eight years during his career, Humphrey wrestled a number of matches, some of them televised, often against Haystacks Calhoun.
Humphrey was credited with helping the NWA multiple World Champion Harley Race get his big break in the business. Race would be Humphrey's driver and in return, Humphrey would teach the younger Race to take bumps and "handle his business."
She is a menace in the wrestling ring.
Kia Stevens stands 5'11" and weighs 272 piunds. Large and in charge and few have been able to beat the woman who dominates wherever she steps into a ring.
Whether it is in TNA or the WWE for a brief stint or across the globe, women who get in the ring with her know they are in for a fight. There may not be a more powerful female wrestler to have ever gotten in the squared circle.
Well, it's the Big Show. In the later part of his career, Big Show is wrestling better than he had since first coming to WCW and challenging Hulk Hogan for the World Title.
At 7' and 441 pounds, there are few as large as this super heavyweight in the business today. He is the current World Champion in the WWE and will face Sheamus at TLC this coming weekend.
He is a seven-time world champion, having won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice, the WWF/E Championship twice, the ECW World Heavyweight Championship once, and the World Heavyweight Championship twice, making him the first and only wrestler ever to hold all four championships.
The World's Strongest Man.
Mark Henry has been involved in some of the craziest skits in WWE history.
He stands 6'4" and 375 pounds and was a power lifter before he moved on to the WWE.
Since joining the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in 1996, he has become a one-time WWF European Champion and a two-time world champion, having held the ECW Championship in 2008, and the World Heavyweight Championship in 2011.